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  1. North Texas: Fox Sports' Bruce Feldman reports some names in the mix at UNT include Baylor offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach Kendal Briles, Arizona State offensive coordinator / quarterbacks / deputy head coach Mike Norvell and James Madison head coach Everett Withers. http://coachingsearch.com/coaching-search-ticker Have to say like Everett Withers.. Lots of experience a big time programs with big time coaches, and head coaching experience.
  2. One of the few bright spots in Men's athletic programs at UNT continues to shine. http://www.meangreensports.com/sports/m-golf/recaps/102615aaa.html
  3. The Vikings went into the North Dakota game having relied heavily on the run and without having showed a lot in the passing game — and not much changed. PSU had trouble throwing the ball, other than Kuresa’s 76-yard TD slant pass-and-run to fleet Grant High graduate Paris Penn on the team’s first play from scrimmage. North Dakota was playing to stop the run first, which led to PSU gaining only 97 yards on 30 carries. “When that’s happening, we need to throw the football better,” Barnum says. “When there’s eight or nine (defenders) in the box, two more than us, we have to distribute to our receivers until we loosen you up.” By loading up defensively near the line of scrimmage, North Dakota was locked into playing man-to-man coverage on Portland State’s receivers, and the Vikings couldn’t make them pay for it. “If someone’s going to go man against us consistenly, we’ve got to throw the football and get them back into zone,” Barnum says. “This game is simple: If they’re in man, throw it. In zone, run it. That’s football 101. I’ve talked to (offensive coordinator) Steve Cooper about how we have to improve that part of our game.” Overall, when it comes to run-pass, “we need to get to 50-50,” Barnum says. Through four games, the Vikings are at 75 percent run, 25 percent pass. The Vikings suffered one key injury in the North Dakota game, losing standout cornerback Aaron Sibley to a pulled hamstring. Sibley, also a key contributor on special teams, has had problems with that in the past, and the Vikings went into the week waiting to see if scar tissue was the issue this time and could be treated enough for him to get back on the field at North Texas. North Texas quarterback Andrew McNulty is a 6-1, 210-pound senior from Iowa City, Iowa (North Texas coach Dan McCarney is an Iowa graduate who used to coach there and at Iowa State). McNulty has completed 60 of 126 passes (47.6 percent) for 699 yards and three touchdowns in the Mean Green’s 0-4 start, with four interceptions. View full article
  4. I'm three hours away so I can't but a few of you have talked about the BS Mac spews both post-interview and at the Coaches Show. Is there any time for questions and answers at the show? Would be nice to have a few on the board go up and ask Mac those questions we constantly pose on here, and give him the understanding that we see through his schtick.
  5. North Texas has one of the nation's quirkier schedules. The Mean Green begin the season with a bye, so they'll be at home watching while everyone else is playing after a nine-month wait. Then, after opening the season at Southern Methodist on Sept. 12, North Texas will play 12 straight games after adding a nonconference game at Tennessee on Nov. 12. "This is the first time I've gone 12 in a row; there's always been a break," North Texas coach Don McCarney said. "That won't happen again, but that's what we've got this season and we've got to play it out, hopefully find a way to be successful." Rich Rodriguez has a similar outlook. "We didn't choose 12 in a row," he said. "But as I said, I'm not going to complain about it after today unless we're not winning, and then I'm going to complain about it quite a bit." read more: http://www.ncaa.com/news/football/article/2015-08-19/college-football-late-start-season-cutting-down-number-bye-weeks
  6. Single-game tickets for Tennessee football have been on sale for only two weeks, but the Vols have effectively sold out their two most highly anticipated home games. According to Chris Fuller, Tennessee's associate athletic director for external operations, the Vols have sold 5,653 single-game tickets for their Sept. 12 home opener at Neyland Stadium against perennial Big 12 power Oklahoma and 5,574 single-game tickets for their Oct. 10 home game against SEC East favorite Georgia. A single-game ticket for Oklahoma was $105 with Georgia at $90. The Vols have sold about 64,000 season tickets, Fuller said, and allocated a total of 66,627, including complimentary tickets. They also allocate about 11,000 tickets for students, a varying number of tickets for opponents, player and coach guests, the band and other groups. Fuller said those allocations combined take up about 95,000 seats in 102,455-seat Neyland Stadium, and about 2,000 more are saved for additional season-ticket purchase and other considerations, leaving around 5,700 for single-game tickets. Tickets are available for the other five games at Neyland Stadium, but they are selling quickly. So far, Fuller said, 3,831 tickets have been sold for the Sept. 19 home game against Western Carolina. The Vols have sold 3,490 tickets for the Oct. 3 home game against Arkansas and 4,315 for the Nov. 7 game against South Carolina. They have sold 2,032 tickets for the Nov. 28 game against in-state rival Vanderbilt. The only game that is lagging is the Nov. 14 home game against North Texas, a non-league game against a small-conference opponent deep into the season. Fuller expects ticket sales will pick up, however, because that is the homecoming game, and he believes the rest of the SEC games will be sellouts or close to it. Read more: http://www.knoxnews.com/govolsxtra/football/ut-says-oklahoma-georgia-are-effectively-sold-out_82189530
  7. The 2015 version of UNT’s Spring Game did not offer any major surprises. The chance for that set sail when it was announced talented junior college transfer quarterback DaMarcus Smith would not be eligible to participate in Spring Ball due to academics. There was however some interesting footnotes which are worth mentioning. I will preface this by restating a recurrent theme of my close to 20-years of following UNT football. In the bigger scheme of things, the Spring game doesn’t matter that much. Sure, it matters to the team and certainly the players who are vying for playing time at their respective positions. But it’s one day out of 20+, which is a small subset of the total evaluation. Too often, players who make the biggest impact in the game end up not returning in the Fall or drop back down the depth chart once a bevy of scholarship and preferred walk-ons enter the picture in late August [see Erick Evans last year who barely played on Saturday]. Junior college guys who just arrived are still learning the plays and the schemes. Injuries keep some of the better players off of the field [Tillman Johnson]. With that disclaimer out of the way, it is still exciting to be in beautiful Apogee stadium one last time before the dreaded UNT 5-month off hibernation period begins. The weather Saturday was nice, almost too nice as the 1st half of the game got pretty hot. I saw some older fans leave prior to 2nd quarter due to the heat. Cloud cover saved the day at around half time and by the second half things started cooling off and actually perfect game day weather as the sun set in the west. Read more: This post has been promoted to an article PS thanks to UNT 90 Grad for the pic!
  8. The 2014 Conference USA lineup could turn out to be deep if all goes according to plan. A 13-team league this season (Charlotte will join as a full-time member in 2015), C-USA should have no problems filling its five bowl tie-ins. The knowledge that those bowl spots are out there gives WKU added motivation seeing as it came from a league where two of the last three seasons it couldnt get a postseason spot despite a winning record. Theres a lot of stability now where were at, WKU coach Jeff Brohm said. Theres a lot of opportunities if we succeed and do well, so theres a lot of motivation to win, but we also understand that every week its going to be extremely tough and weve just got to take it one game at a time. You hear that a lot, but we have to do that and focus on that and becoming the best players and team we can be. Read more: http://www.bgdailynews.com/sports/wku/marshall-north-texas-frontrunners-in-c-usa/article_02d8d652-3804-547d-9f16-2a22af861d99.html?mode=jqm
  9. On page 97 of the September issued Texas Monthly - "JC: But is it fair to expect UT to compete for a national championship every season? CS: You want to compete. And you'd like to go compete year in and year out. JC: I'll ask you a much narrower question then: Are you going to beat North Texas in your season opener on August 30th? CS: Oh . . . [laughs] Let's make sure I get my guys to camp on August 4 and get 'em going."
  10. There are many reasons to make your way out to Apogee this season, or turn on the TV during an away week and watch your Mean Green while enjoying some great food and great company. Here are some top reasons to watch each game this season and be the best possible fan. 1. Texas The game in Austin against the Longhorns is going to be an exciting matchup with important implications for obvious reasons. The Longhorns are going through a transition period with head coach Charlie Strong, as well as playing with a QB that just recently suffered a left foot injury in April. However, the Mean Green are in the midst of transitions as well. Among them is an important transition at the quarterback position. This game will be by far the most exciting for Mean Green fans as we hang on to every moment just waiting for the ones that will show the nation that North Texas is a real program and here to stay. 2. UTSA The buzz surrounding this game hasnt lost any steam since the heartbreaking loss to UTSA last season. It is arguable that UTSA ruined the Mean Greens chances of having a conference championship game at Apogee in their first season with C-USA. Anyone that was at that game or watched it last season is itching for some payback and that is more than enough of a reason to be in San Antonio for the last week of the regular season. Read more: http://thestudentsection.org/2014/08/17/ranking/
  11. John was introduced at the Mean Green Caravan in Dallas but I thought it was high time he was given an introduction here. John's title is Senior Associate Athletic Director / Executive Director of Mean Green Club. Prior to joining UNT he held the position of Nittany Lion Club Director of Major Gifts and Annual Giving at Penn State. Here's a link to the MeanGreenSports page with John's contact info and picture as well as the rest of his staff. He has an impressive resume and I know you will join me in welcoming him to UNT and supporting his efforts in building The Mean Green Club. Go Mean Green!
  12. 4. Expect big things from North Texas, MTSU The Buzz: Conference USA saw six schools land into postseason bowls, two of those – East Carolina and Tulane – will no longer be a part of the league in 2014. North Texas and Middle Tennessee State also qualified and played for the postseason after terrific seasons in 2013. North Texas returns 17 starters from a squad that won nine games – it’s best season since moving up to the FBS. Middle Tennessee State won eight games for the second straight season. Both programs were ranked first and second in Conference USA in turnover margins. Read more: http://www.orlandosentinel.com/sports/blogs/college-gridiron-365/os-conference-usa-top-storylines-college-football-20140422,0,6739498.post
  13. Looks like a good player who will have two years to play after sitting out for a redshirt year. Played his high school ball in Tyler and appears to be friends with Laramie Lee. Welcome Chad to the Mean Green family! https://twitter.com/_Chad100/statuses/403574092625747968 https://twitter.com/_Chad100/status/426583310223937537 https://twitter.com/_Chad100/status/426578706996285440 https://twitter.com/_Chad100/status/426590579321884672 http://rivals.yahoo.com/wyoming/football/recruiting/player-Chad-Reese-114712
  14. "Worst New Orleans Bowl Ever: North Texas 24, Cincinnati 19 in 2002. Just 19,024 fans showed up in the 76,000-seat Superdome to see the 7-5 Mean Green take a 24-7 lead on the 7-6 Bearcats, and hang on." http://sports.yahoo.com/news/ncaaf--dashing-through-the-college-football-bowl-season-154321728.html other quotes from the article: "Now the end is in sight, so we're willing to embrace the mangy likes of the Heart of Dallas Bowl" "Heart of Dallas Bowl (28): North Texas vs. UNLV, Jan. 1. Watchability (scale of 1-5): 1. Don't waste your remote batteries. If the Rose Bowl is the Granddaddy of Them All, this is the unwanted orphan of New Year's Day bowls." "Dash Pick: North Texas 32, UNLV 21. Mean Green is 3-3 against 2013 bowl teams. Rebels are 1-4. North Texas defense is the best unit in the game, and if quarterback Derek Thompson doesn't turn the ball over UNT should win comfortably."
  15. I wanted to get your ideas and feedback regarding a trophy or designation that would be given to the Texas C-USA school that has the most wins among Texas teams in the conference. This would include North Texas, Rice, UTSA, and UTEP. Since all four of these teams would be playing in football every year, it would make it fun to say the one who wins the most games against Texas schools would get some sort of trophy or bragging rights. It could most certainly be applied to other sports but football is king in this state. I'm not sure if this is being done anywhere else with this many teams but similar games that come to mind would be the Bayou Bucket game in Houston that pits Rice against the University of Houston every year for bragging rights in Texas or the SMU/TCU battle for the Iron Skillet game. These are just the first two that come to mind to me; there may be more in other states. We have four great cities in the great state of Texas who are in our conference and I could envision getting the mayors of each respective city and various businesses behind this. Perhaps a Texas media outlet could get involved...or even Dave Campbells... we have some real creative minds on here so let's hear what you got! How much fun could we have with this every year -- I think about a nice trophy sitting in Apogee that shows we were the best in Texas for that particular year. The Texas connection is a big part of what makes this conference special to us (we are tied with the Big 12 at 4 teams in the state now) and we need to emphasize it as much as possible. GMG!
  16. Heart of Dallas (Big Ten vs. C-USA) Notre Dame vs. North Texas BOWL (MATCHUP) Mark Schlabach Read more: http://espn.go.com/college-football/bowls/projections
  17. Vandals discussing North Texas as a 17-point fave... Read more: http://mbd.scout.com/mb.aspx?s=205&f=2664&t=11651796
  18. The short on the Mean Green: Improving a non-existant passing game is the team's biggest concern on offense. The running game was good last season. UNT had three 500-yard rushers last fall. The Mean Green prefer to spread it around. Leading contributors Brandin Byrd (875 yards) and Antoinne Jimmerson (544 yards) are a very nice pair: Byrd is a bruiser, Jimmerson the burner, and one plays very well off the other. Look for Reggie Pegram, a transfer from Purdue, to get into the thick of things this season. Or redshirt freshman Mark Lewis. An offensive line that protected superbly and did a solid, but still not terrific, job in the running game returns all but one starter, center Aaron Fortenberry, so hope is high that the group continues to move forward in 2013. The lone senior starter up front is right tackle LaChris Anyiam, the rest are juniors, from left tackle Antonio Johnson to left guard Mason Y'Barbo to right guard Cyril Lemon. Look for competition in the middle between JUCO transfer Shawn McKinney, 6-4 and 365 pounds, and redshirt freshmen Kaydon Kirby and Boone Feldt. This offense won't go anywhere until it can finds an effective passing game. UNT's defense has a solid unit of returning starters and experience along the back seven. The star is senior middle linebacker Zach Orr (108 tackles, 2 interceptions). Another returning starter at linebacker will be junior Derek Akunne (90 tackles, 7.5 for loss). Three issues need to be addressed: The pass defense played fairly well last season, but was inconsistent. UNT had some major problems along the defensive line last year. And the D unit needs to stay healthy to be effective this year. - See more at: http://d1sportsnet.com/gameday/fb/fbprev53.php#sthash.ng1DP9gn.dpuf Read more: http://d1sportsnet.com/gameday/fb/fbprev53.php
  19. - UTEP The Miners have rich history in both football and men’s basketball. In 2011, UTSA basketball beat UTEP in an early season non-conference game. On September 21, 2013 UTSA football plays the Miners in the historic Sun Bowl. Located a short direct flight away, El Paso and San Antonio offer fans of both teams easy travel options. In the long-term, UTEP could emerge as a major rival as the two schools square off in annual competition season after season. - North Texas Denton is a quaint community located just north of Ft Worth. With many UTSA fans located in the DFW metropolis, a regional rivalry with the Mean Green makes sense. There has not been a recent history between the two schools so only time will tell. Read more: http://smu.scout.com/2/1305097.html
  20. The big spenders for recruiting fall right into that template. Leading the way in 2012 was Auburn, followed by Tennessee. Both schools are in an exceptionally competitive conference, and face very tough regional competition for talent (the rest of the SEC). Auburn spent $2,544,910 on recruiting, with $2,252,990 for the Volunteers. Notre Dame was third with $2,048,964, followed by Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Michigan and Nebraska. Ohio State was 24th, spending $1,289,623, less than Minnesota, Washington, Texas Tech and Illinois, among others. So who is spending the least on recruiting? The bottom of the barrel, predictably, is dominated by non-BCS leagues who don't have oodles of money to spend on anything, including recruiting. The bottom spender was Louisiana-Monroe, who spent a measly $205,978 in 2012. The lowest current BCS league spender was Washington State, at $729,984, although Rutgers is spending less (that may not continue once the Scarlet Knights join the Big Ten). After Louisiana-Monroe, the bottom five total spenders included Ball State, Troy, North Texas, and Northern Illinois for the bottom five. Read more: http://www.landgrantholyland.com/2013/7/7/4490880/college-football-recruiting-most-bang-for-their-buck
  21. While spending last summer in Denton, TX, one thing was made clear to me quickly – I was in a college town. Surely enough, the University of North Texas resides in the heart of the relatively small, but well-populated Denton, which is located just north of its new conference’s headquarters in Irving, TX. During their thirteen-year history in the Sunbelt Conference, the Mean Green made large contributions to the league, and appear to have all of the tools to continue doing so in Conference USA. But despite playing in four separate bowl games and two NCAA basketball tournaments since 2001, UNT is generally swept under the rug at the expense of nearby Texan college football powerhouses. What they’re known for Yes, UNT is obviously in Texas, where people love their guns and football similar to the way North Carolinians value basketball and barbeque. Though, unlike most of the schools in the state, football hasn’t been the breadwinner at UNT recently. Rather, the school has built quite the basketball program that could fit in nicely in C-USA’s new footprint. The Mean Green enjoyed winning seasons in six of their last seven campaigns. In five of them, they amassed at least 20 wins – including in 2010, which was the last time UNT won the conference tournament and subsequently received a bid to the NCAA Tournament. To put this in perspective, East Carolina’s magical 2012-2013 season was the first time the program reached the 20-win plateau since joining Division I. Read more: http://eastcarolina.scout.com/2/1304971.html
  22. North Texas took a step backwards in the second season under head coach Dan McCarney, as they finished up at just 4-8 after winning five-games in his first year here. The Mean Green once again found it very difficult to win on the road. going just 1-6 away from Apogee Stadium and are now just 2-11 under McCarney. North Texas was one of four teams to leave the Sun Belt to join Conference USA this season. While the Mean Green will be taking a step up in competition, they could be poised for their first bowl appearance in nearly a decade (2004). After returning just 11 starters in 2011 and a mere 13 in 2012, North Texas welcomes back 17 starters this season. It will without a doubt be the best team McCarney has fielded in Denton. read more: http://www.boydsbets.com/north-texas-football-predictions/
  23. After finishing 2012 on a five-game winning streak, Rice should be Tulsa’s top challenger in the West. The Owls return 18 starters and won’t play Marshall or East Carolina during the regular season. Louisiana Tech and UTEP are neck-and-neck for the No. 3 and No. 4 spots. The Bulldogs suffered a plethora of personnel losses, but welcome Texas Tech transfer Scotty Young at quarterback. The Miners also have a transfer at quarterback – Jameill Showers from Texas A&M - but return only three starters on defense. Both teams have a new coaching staff, with UTEP under the direction of former player Sean Kugler, and Louisiana Tech led by former USF and Connecticut coach Skip Holtz. Tulane, North Texas and UTSA round out the West Division predictions. The Green Wave should show some signs of improvement in 2013, and the schedule is favorable enough to expect a run at bowl eligibility. North Texas is also making progress under third-year coach Dan McCarney, but expecting a huge jump in win total is unlikely for 2013. The Roadrunners went 8-4 in their first season on the FBS level last season. However, the schedule is very challenging, and coach Larry Coker needs another year or two to build depth in the program. Read more: http://www.athlonsports.com/college-football/conference-usa-football-2013-predictions
  24. Unfortunately for Mitchell, his stats weren't overwhelming at North Texas. After averaging 14.7 points on 56.7 percent shooting as a freshman, Mitchell's numbers fell to 13.0 and 44 percent respectively in his sophomore season. And, even though he played three more minutes per game, Mitchell's rebounding fell from 10.3 boards per game to just 8.5. (He still blocked 2.7 shots per game as a sophomore, which is a lot for an undersized power forward) It certainly sounds like something was going on in his second season, but Mitchell may have calmed some fears at the draft combine in Chicago. Ford: ... [H]e had candid interviews with teams that suddenly made GMs much more comfortable in taking him. Was he just in the wrong situation at North Texas? If teams believe that, he's going to go a lot higher based on his talent. Givony agreed: It's pretty clear that North Texas' coaching change (Johnny Jones went to LSU, and was replaced by former Marquette assistant coach Tony Benford) affected the squad very negatively, as after losing in the Sun Belt conference Tournament finals last season, the team went 7-13 in-conference and bowed out in the first round of the tournament after being blown out by 8-12 Louisiana Lafayette. And if that was the case at North Texas, and it really was just a poisonous situation affecting an otherwise talented player, the Knicks might not even get a chance to take Mitchell with the 24th overall pick. Read more: http://www.nj.com/knicks/index.ssf/2013/06/knicks_draft_watch_experts_lik.html
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